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Science writing I’d pay to read – April 2011

It’s time for April’s Science Writer Tip-Jar picks. For those new to this, here’s the low-down:

Throughout the blogosphere, people produce fantastic writing for free. That’s great, but I believe that good writers should get paid for good work. To set an example, I choose ten pieces every month that were written for free and I donate £3 to the author. There are no formal criteria other than I found them unusually interesting, enjoyable and/or important.

I also encourage readers to support these writers through two buttons on the sidebar. Any donations via “Support Science Writers” are evenly distributed to chosen ten at the end of the month. Donations via the “Support NERS” button go to me; I match a third of the total figure and send that to the chosen writers too.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the picks:

And for interest, the tip-jar initiative has raised US$350 over the last two months. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

4 thoughts on “Science writing I’d pay to read – April 2011

  1. Great to see these, and of course I take extra pleasure in seeing Eric M. Johnson’s Allure of Gay Cavemen in there, since he put it up as a guestpost at my blog. Readers, take note: Ed will be sending that portion to Eric, not me. Meanwhile, I’ll be sending a splitting a significant portion of my Wired Blog monthly (flat) fee between a PayPal to Mr. Johnson and another PayPal contribution to Ed’s tip jar.

  2. love this as an idea to raise the profile of good science writers and to widen our horizons just in case we forget and start narrowing in our focus too much!

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